Sacred Landscapes
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    Many cultures assign holy significance to the landscape around them; uncover some of the world’s most sacred sites and the people who worship them.

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Sacred landscapes

The Narmada River is one of the most sacred of the five holy rivers of India and is said to be the embodiment of purity.

Mount Sinai is important to Islamic, Jewish and Christian traditions as the holy place where God gave Moses the Ten Commandments.

Washpool and Gibraltar Range have been a spiritual home for Aboriginal people for tens of thousands of years.

Kilimanjaro, or Kilima-Njaro in Swahilli, means “shining mountain”, named for the cap of ice and snow atop its peak.

Mount Agung is the holiest site in Bali; according to myth, the mountain was created by the gods to stabilise the wobbling island.

Kogi people see the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia as the “beating heart of the world”.

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Narmada River, India at 2,000m - The sacred river

 

Sinai Peninsula, Egypt at 1,000m - The Sinai Peninsula

 

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania at ground level - Humans and the "Shining Mountain"

   
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